This BBQ Chicken Sandwich is an easy recipe made in the slow cooker with Homemade BBQ Sauce, a Simple Coleslaw and pulled chicken. Such an uncomplicated recipe that will make you feel like a chef on game day.
Many people struggle with what to make on game day because they want something delicious and don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. This easy BBQ Chicken Sandwich is the answer, especially when paired with my simple Best Ever Dry Rub Chicken Wings. Add in highly requested Red Potato Salad or Tortellini Pasta Salad to really make everyone happy. Of course, what is game day without something sweet? Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Pie or Apple Sauce Spice Cake are low stress recipes that will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
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Homemade BBQ Sauce vs Store Bought BBQ Sauce
If you have a store bought BBQ sauce that you love, yes absolutely feel free to use it for this recipe. However, the problem with many store bought BBQ sauces is that they tend to be overly sweet or overly spicy and often times just taste horrid. Additionally, you never know the quality of the ingredients they used when making the sauce.
The really good news though is that Homemade BBQ Sauce really is very easy to make once you get over the fact that there is a list of ingredients to buy. Make the sauce the day before and let it sit in the refrigerator over night. Also, many of the ingredients will keep for long periods of time, making it easy to make multiple batching over many months.
Types of Buns or Bread to Use
This sandwich is messy to eat so I recommend soft hamburger buns such as potato hamburger buns, sesame hamburger buns or plain hamburger buns. Unfortunately, pretzel buns will make eating this sandwich very challenging and brioche hamburger buns may be too sweet for many palates.
Note: For this sandwich we made homemade hamburger buns that are seen in the photos.
Chicken Thighs vs Chicken Breasts
This recipe was written using chicken breasts. However, either breasts or thighs may be used. Here are the main differences between the two.
Chicken Breasts– Chicken breasts are leaner and have a satisfying texture. Additionally, they cook on low in the slow cooker for about 4- 4 1/2 hours.
Chicken Thighs– Chicken thighs can create a melt in your mouth experience because dark meat becomes extremely tender with the long cooking time. If substituting thighs for breasts, use the same amount. Slow cook for 6-7 hours. Shred the thighs and place back into the slow cooker for another 30 minutes on low.
The Simple Coleslaw used in this recipe is a creamy and delicious slaw that comes together in just 10 minutes (5 if you use pre-cut cabbage) . However, for a non-dairy option Mexican Coleslaw or Vinegar Coleslaw are fun alternatives.
More BBQ Chicken Sandwich Toppings
In addittion to the coleslaw, here are more topping ideas:
- Dill Pickle Slices
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese Slices
- Grilled Pineapple Slices
- Crispy Bacon
- Red Onion Slices
- Onion Rings
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I store leftovers?
Store leftover BBQ shredded chicken in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will last for 3-4 days if properly stored.
Why is it recommended that the BBQ sauce be made the day before?
Precooking the BBQ sauce causes the flavors to bind together. Additionally, letting the sauce sit in the refrigerator over night or even up to 2 days allows the flavors to fully marry.
Can the Shredded BBQ Chicken be frozen?
Absolutely! Place leftovers in a freezer container, remove excess air and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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BBQ Chicken Sandwich
- Place chicken in a 4 quart or larger slow cooker. Pour BBQ sauce over top of chicken making sure breasts are fully covered in sauce.
- Cook on low for 4- 4 1/2 hours.
- Transfer cooked breasts to a plate and shred using two forks.
- Place shredded chicken back into sauce and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.
- Serve warm on hamburger buns with a spoonful of coleslaw.
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 batch bbq sauce (about 1 cup)
- 1 batch coleslaw
- 6 hamburger buns